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OUT OF THE SHADOW: Buy the Film--Help NAMI
Filmmaker Susan Smiley, well-known to NAMI members, has made a special offer for every purchase of a home video or DVD of her award-winning PBS documentary, Out of the Shadow. Between now and December 31, she will donate 20% of the purchase price to NAMI.
The film can be bought through the film’s Web site or by calling Vine Street Pictures at (310) 636-0116 (not toll-free). To take advantage of this buyers will need to provide a simple promotion code when checking out.
The offer is for a close-out sale of the DVD for $18.00. The video for home use sells for $27.00.
The film is the story of Millie Smiley, Susan’s mother, who while living with schizophrenia, traveled through 17 psychiatric wards, eight apartments, three boarding houses, and countless motels. It is also the story of her family and what Susan has called the "travesties of our public health system, which so poorly cared for my mother. Decades of her life were wasted."
It is an inspiring film, but not sugar-coated—showing pain and anger, as well as love, forgiveness, hope, and recovery. Today, Susan and her sister are Millie's guardians. At the end of the film, Millie is able to work for the first time in 25 years. "It is a heart-felt and eye-opening film that needs to be seen by everyone, in order to effect change," says NAMI medical director Ken Duckworth.